Atlético supporters worried about losing José Antonio Reyes can breathe a collective sigh of relief. For now. Turkish media reports suggested Atlético had agreed to sell Reyes, Diego Forlán and Tomas Ujfalusi on Thursday, but new reports claim Atleti sporting director told Galatasaray officials that ‘la Perla’ isn’t for sale.
Rumours suggesting Jose Antonio Reyes, Diego Forlan and Tomas Ujfalusi have all been sold to Galatasaray are picking up steam amidst reports in the Turkish media claiming Atlético have agreed to a bulk sale of the trio. According to AS, reputable Turkish paper NTVSpor report that Galatasaray president Unal Aysal met with Enrique Cerezo at the Vicente Calderón Thursday morning, and secured a combo deal for Reyes, Forlan and Ujfalusi.
Spain U19 have qualified for the Under-19 European Championship to be played in Romania next month. In the final qualifying round they topped a group with Switzerland, Montenegro and England. Also keep track of our South American stars who take part in the Copa America!
On Tuesday Atlético officially announced one of Spain’s worst kept secrets, the departure of Jesús “Suso” García Pítarch. The 48-year old sporting director replaced Toni Muñoz in 2006 after having worked at Valencia for four years.
Although heavily criticised for some of his signings, García Pítarch did help build a squad that twice qualified for the Champions League and won two European titles in 2010. We take a look at his top 5 signings.
In Turkey, reports continue to insist that Diego Forlán will be a Besiktas player next season. Some sources even claim a deal will be announced on Wednesday, with the transfer fee lying somewhere between €8m and €12m. Reports in Spain however, claim the forward prefers to stay and is looking forward to next season now that Quique Sánchez Flores has announced his departure.
It was at home. It was Quique Sanchez Flores’ last match at the Vicente Calderón. It was against an already relegated and severely banged-up Hércules side. But…it wasn’t easy. In the end, a spectacular volley by Jose Antonio Reyes sealed Atlético’s spot in next season’s edition of the Europa League–los Rojiblancos’ fifth consecutive qualification for UEFA club competition.
Sergio Agüero, Diego Forlán and Tomas Ujfalusi all set up accounts prior to the start of the season, mostly to communicate with their fans and post pictures as they’re en route to away games. But since Juanfran’s arrival, Twitter has become the perfect place for supporters to listen in to conversations between Atlético players.
On the day that Atlético Madrid celebrated its 108th birthday, the club played two friendlies in Morocco. Atlético B tied 1-1 against local first division side IR Tanger, while our first team defeated the leaders in the Moroccan national league by a comfortable 3-1 margin. The friendlies were organised as part of the strategic alliance that Atlético officially signed with Raja Casablanca Tuesday morning.
Luis Perea, Fran Mérida, Joel and Diego Forlán were all in action for their countries this week as La Liga pauses for the international break. We round up this week’s action, with Atlético players representing their nation’s colours across all levels.
Usually it’s during the transfer window that the rumour mill is working overtime, but the papers have to keep the presses rolling even during the season, which has brought us some interesting stories. From England stories emerged of Tottenham Hotspur’s interest in signing both Diego Forlán and Sergio Agüero, while Benfica’s interest in taking Salvio permanently is again a hot topic in Portugal.